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The 5 Most Common Personal Injury Claims

Approximately 700,000 personal injury claims are filed in the U.S. every year. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. The purpose of a personal injury claim is to compensate people who have been injured or harmed by the carelessness or negligence of others. Monetary compensation can be for physical or emotional injuries, or damages such as lost wages or loss of companionship. Through the litigation system, you can collect reimbursements for medical bills as well as for mental anguish, psychological trauma, pain and suffering and long-term trauma. Personal injury claims can run the gamut from dog bites to traumatic brain injuries. Each type of personal injury claim requires its own set of legal procedures and processes. When looking for assistance, hire a personal injury attorney who has experience in your particular type of personal injury claim. Common Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Why Do I Need a Lawyer to Appeal an Unfavorable Social Security Disability Claim?

Understanding the appeals process and hiring a social security disability attorney will improve your chances of approval. Disability claims involve filling out paperwork, gathering all required information and submitting everything properly to the Social Security Office. The claim is then reviewed by administrators and staff doctors to approve or deny the claim. Mistakes, errors or incomplete information will most likely result in your claim being denied. Learning when to apply for social security disability benefits and when to hire an attorney will help avoid denial and prepare you for the possible appeals process. How to Apply for Social Security Disability in Kentucky The social security disability application process begins with a trip to the Social Security office in your area. Filing your application in person allows you to ask any questions you have about the application as you complete it. Applying in person also allows the claims representative assigned to you to highlight important information that might further your case. Alternatively, you can apply for disability benefits online by going to www.ssa.gov. Your application will be sent to the approval board for review. You will receive the decision by mail. Typically, your claim will be decided within a few months. If your claim is denied, you have only 60 days in which to appeal the decision. How are Social Security Disability Claims Evaluated? The Social Security Disability SSI Resource Center (SSDRC) indicates that there are two ways that decisions are made concerning disability benefits claims:

What Do I Need to File a Tractor Trailer Accident Lawsuit?

The average commercial tractor-trailer weighs about 80,000 lbs - more than 26 times the average automobile. As a result, most auto accidents involving tractor-trailers end in catastrophic losses. If you have been in a tractor trailer accident in Kentucky, you are most likely entitled to compensation for injuries, damages, and personal losses. Always call emergency services immediately after an accident, and ensure that medical attention is on the way. Even if you feel fine, schedule an appointment with your doctor the same day as your accident--you could be in shock and not feel your injuries. Soon thereafter, call a trucking accident lawyer. You will need someone familiar with the insurance and litigation processes specific to a commercial trucking accident. The police report filed after the accident will include pertinent information about the truck driver, the company the driver works for, and which insurance company they use. This is necessary information that your attorney will want to know immediately upon receiving your call. Determining Fault Immediately following a tractor-trailer accident in Kentucky, it would be premature to make a determination of fault. Contact a trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible after the incident. Until you speak to your lawyer, refrain from discussing the accident except to give pertinent facts to the law enforcement officials on scene. If you can, gather--in writing--as much information as possible, including:

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